Book of War

2010
0908

As this book is also a type specimen of the typeface Fakir, it is set in this blackletter. And to stress the suffering: this book is printed in the author’s blood.

Ruud Linssen – Book of war, mortification and love | thnx yann

save newspapers

2010
0907

Jacek Utko designs to save newspapers | tnx eric aka «more power to designers»

(Jacek Utko)

Know Your Place

2010
0726


Know Your Place

Drawing tops

2010
0722

Thomas Forsyth – Drawing tops

TDC56

2010
0719


TDC56 / TDC2 2010 Opening Reception and Exhibitions (with our Masterplaner series)
Exhibitions will be open Monday through Thursdays July 21 through August 19, opening Tuesday, July 20, 6 pm.

The Cooper Union
Cooper Union Gallery
41 Cooper Square
New York City

I have never used Helvetica

2010
0706

In my whole career in typography, starting with my apprenticeship, I have never used Helvetica. Being a Swiss typographer, it’s always been Univers.

Vignelli said that Helvetica was a Modernist typeface – No! No! Helvetica is anything but Modernist, Clearly it has its roots in Akzidenz Grotesk and that was designed in 1899, which is Victorian as far as I am concerned. Akzidenz is a fantastic font but it’s not Modernist, it’s got a really antique feel about it, which again shows that Max Miedinger [Helvetica’s designer] didn’t have a clue about type design. He was the salesman at [foundry] Haas’sche Schriftgießerei for Christ’s sake.

People just use Helvetica because they have heard of it, it’s on everyone’s computer and everyone else uses it.

It’s very much like that, a bit like Julia Roberts – pretty enough but…

When people choose a typeface it’s not a rational decision, it’s completely emotional. They home in on details and say ‘I love that, that’s why I’m going to use it’. But then they want a rational explanation to tell their client. We’re hoping with this that people will react positively to it and that it can do everything that Helvetica isn’t doing … and in the process I get very very rich!

Bruno Maag in The Helvetica killer

(Dalton Maag, Aktiv Grotesk)

identity design

2010
0602

And there, any similarity between real identity design and a design school exercise ends.

Paula Scher

Lego felt tip 110

2010
0602


Lego felt tip 110 printer

harte kindheit

2010
0510

harte kindheit, harte jungs, harte fäuste, harte landung.

bestes schaufenster (zumindest in zürich). leider keine serie gemacht mit all den worten und anordnungen. schade. aber es geht weiter.

Visuelle Literatur

2010
0509


Visuelle Literatur mit Katrina Wiedner

(Selbstauslöser 11)

dOCUMENTA (13)

2010
0421


«the font can change from one type of object to another»
dOCUMENTA (13)

(Leftloft about Documenta 13 vs dOCUMENTA (13)

So you need a typeface?

2010
0420


Julian Hansen- So you need a typeface?

(Julian Hansen)

Geometric Type

2010
0420


Making Geometric Type Work

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